Location: Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast Queensland
Materials: Recycled Australian Hardwood Timber, Weathering steel
In coastal forests, trees grow strong in the sand and are buffeted by coastal gales. Their strength and resilience can be attributed to a messy complexity found underground.
This generously sized platform seat is a sharing space with curves designed to complement the Unfurling artwork.
The top is constructed from recycled Australian hardwood and each section is custom cut in non-parallel straight sided pieces. The plinth of the seat is a complex interlocking support constructed from weathering steel that brings to mind the complexity of tree roots gripping the shifting sand. Whereas the top hardwood surface of the seat is simple and striking, the supporting plinth reveals a more hidden and complex engineering such as that found in nature with the complex mass of roots that keeps a Sheoak or a Banksia tree tall and strong even while growing in sand. The weathering steel plinth is be visible from distances, as a special discovery and provide many different views with the transparent web of forms.